Warning: The following review contains spoilers.
At heart, when it really comes down to it, I’m a kid; I love comics, professional wrestling, and watching giant monsters versus giant robots. For the purposes of my inner kid, Pacific Rim is the unique offering of the summer, as it is tailor-made for me and other kids-disguised-as-adults.
Sure, the story is not the most original concept put to the big screen; monsters that come from the sea instead of space, monsters that are taking over planet to planet and having a hive mind, the dead older brother storyline, and the hardline, but ultimately sacrificial leader? That’s all been done before and maybe in some places better. Even so, there were some parts that were a breath of fresh air like the budding/somewhat ambiguous relationship between the two leads, and that the battle for the world involved, you know, the world. If looking at this movie from the – excuse the pun – big picture, it’s an undeniable blast and delightfully fun. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Pacific Rim is quite easily the best creature film I’ve seen.
With any medium, there’s a basic foundation I need in order to like it. For instance, first and foremost, when it comes to music, I like the music to be pleasant to my ears. I don’t care if the lyrics are the most poetically potent lyrics ever put to paper; if I don’t like the vocals or the beat, then I can’t listen to it and enjoy it. Likewise, with movies, first and foremost, it has to look good. That’s what movies are all about, as a visual medium. Well, check that one off the list for Pacific Rim, as there are some absolutely stunning and gorgeous set pieces and action shots in this film. My favorite was seeing the giant robot (known as Jaegers) take on the giant monster (known as the Kaiju) by swinging a cruise liner at it in the middle of a city. Shots like that, which get my inner kid squealing giddily, are why I go to the movies in large part.
I mean, really, there’s not much to analyze or dissect here. We’re talking about giant robots versus giant monsters in the capable, imaginative and masterful hands of Guillermo del Toro. Is it his best film? Nah, such an accolade still belongs to 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth. But, it is surely his most fun offering.
As I’m fond of saying, bring on the sequel because I’d love to see the Jaegers and the Kaiju do battle again. Surely, the fight is far from over.